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Creating and understanding molecular and nanoscale materials

Materials Chemistry is an interdisciplinary field where students create and investigate novel materials for applications in areas as diverse as energy, sustainability and biology. Our graduate students address these challenges by employing chemical tools and perspectives where a deep knowledge of atomic, molecular and supramolecular structure serves as the foundation. Our advances are demonstrated by excellence in chemical synthesis, characterization, and modeling of functional materials for forefront applications such as solar cell devices, heterogeneous catalysis, and therapeutic drug delivery systems.
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Philip Shushkov Sara E. Skrabalak Yaroslav Losovyj Maren Pink Yi Yi Lyudmila Bronstein Trevor Douglas Amar Flood Srinivasan S. Iyengar Caroline Chick Jarrold Martin F. Jarrold Liang-shi Li Krishnan Raghavachari Steven L. Tait Xingchen Ye Yan Yu Jeffrey Zaleski


Creating Novel Carbon Materials for Renewable Energy Applications and Optical Neuron Imaging

We apply physical chemistry principles in designing the materials, organic chemistry in synthesizing the materials and tuning their properties, and spectroscopic techniques in characterizing the materials and devices. Our goal is to develop sustainable...

Developing Self-Assembly Strategies

The Surface Chemistry Group, led by Professor Steve Tait, is developing self-assembly strategies to produce highly-ordered and functional nanometer-scale architectures at surfaces. These structures have properties that may allow for highly efficient...

Magnetic Nanoparticles with Functional Shells have Received Considerable Attention

Magnetic nanoparticles with functional shells have received considerable attention because of their promising bioapplications such as biosensors, contrast enhancement agents for magnetic resonance imaging, bioprobes, hyperthermia treatment agents,...

Organic Materials that Come Together Using the Principles of Self-Assembly

We are interested in organic materials that come together using the principles of self-assembly and can dynamically re-arrange following stimulation using light, electricity and chemical inputs. Our discovery of unexpectedly strong CH hydrogen bonds...

Probe and Control Chemical Reactions in Living Cells

Cells transduce and respond to signals through cascades of chemical reactions. Far from the simple kinetic processes we learn from textbooks, these reactions in living cells are linked in complex networks and their spatial and temporal connectivity determines...

Understanding and Controlling the Nucleation and Growth of Inorganic Materials to Achieve Nanostructures with Defined Size

A long standing challenge in chemistry is to understand and subsequently control the nucleation and growth of inorganic materials to achieve nanostructures with defined size, shape, and composition. Achieving control over these features via synthesis...